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Another important consideration is that while a majority of Americans (when Obama took office) wanted to have a national health care system, The insurance and pharmaceutical companies (with their armies of lobbyists) spent untold billions of dollars on a media smear campaign discrediting the idea of publicly funded health care. The American public was sold an image of a dystopian system marked by government rationing and "death panels" who decide if a patient's life is worth saving, among countless other myths. The fact is that the reigns of government in the US are held by an alliance of wealthy corporations who make the rules as they see fit to maximize their profits, regardless of the human costs. (talk)19:15, 22 March 2010